Thank you messages in tribute to our NHS heroes have been painted on roads leading to hospitals within St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital Trust.
Two signs have been marked on both approaches to St Helens Hospital on Marshalls Cross Road, while another has been put down at the junction of Warrington Road and Holt Lane – just before Whiston Hospital – which falls under the St Helens highway network.
Contractors L&R have been carrying out road marking refreshing work in the borough on behalf of St Helens Council and have included the messages at no extra cost.
Further messages will be painted outside Newton Community Hospital and the Millennium Centre in St Helens town centre tomorrow morning (Friday 24 April).
The identical signs read ‘Thank You NHS’ – with a rainbow heart at the bottom – and are a timely addition as the nation prepares to take part in the weekly ‘clap for key workers’ event this evening (Thursday 23 April).
Commenting on the works, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Andy Bowden, said: “The messages have been placed where some of our NHS staff will see them on their way to and from work and I hope they act as a bit of a ‘lift’ during these difficult times – and a symbol that the people of St Helens are grateful for their efforts, day in-day out.
“It’s important we make sure our NHS staff and all those working to keep us safe – from care home workers to police officers, council social workers and many others, seen and unseen, know how much we appreciate their work.
“Thank-you to L&R and Site Safe Traffic Solutions for making this to happen.”
The signs are just one of a number of ways St Helens Borough is showing its appreciation to NHS staff and other key workers right on the frontline of keeping the country running during a global pandemic.
The iconic Steve Prescott Bridge will once again be lit blue this evening, while the clock on St Helens Town Hall has been set to light blue every evening.
Variable message signs (VMS) along the borough’s key roads have also been programmed with messages of thanks and support to the NHS and key workers.